Apple Cider Gingerbread Bundt Cake

If you love the lightness of an apple cider cake and the deep flavours of a gingerbread bundt cake, then you’ll appreciate that this bundt cake has the best of both.

Every autumn in the Simple Bites kitchen there is a window of time when no dessert but a simple snacking cake will do.

This sweet spot is nestled right in between the pie socials of October and the Twelve Days of Holiday Baking Projects in December.

During this cozy season at home, we’re craving neither pie nor cookies, but comforting cakes, served up in thick slices, any time of day or night.

It’s the grey, drizzly November days that spur us to bake our favourites like Chocolate Beet, Carrot and Pumpkin Spice. It’s no coincidence that this is also when beets, carrots and pumpkins are in ample supply at the markets.

Another local specialty in abundance: fresh pressed apple cider. It’s one of my favourite ingredients and features in everything from mocktails to a slow cooker ham.

Today, I’ve bake it into a lightly-spiced, apple-flavoured gingerbread bundt cake, and glazed the whole thing with more cider.

It’s both a celebration of fall flavours and a necessary comfort to get us through to the holiday season.

Apple Cider Gingerbread Bundt Cake

You too can transition into fall baking with this easy yet elegant dessert! This gorgeous gingerbread bundt cake covers all the bases, from comforting counter cake to festive showstopper.

I’ve kept the decorations simple, but you could certainly dress it up with sugared cranberries or a generous drizzle of Maple Caramel Sauce and serve it around the winter holidays.

Read on for my best bundt baking tips, substitution suggestions, and the recipes for both gingerbread bundt cake and spiced apple cider glaze.

How to Properly Prepare a Bundt Pan

It’s the worst when a bundt cake sticks to the pan. Presentation is what matters when serving these elegant cakes and no one wants to have a chunk missing in the top!

First, you need a quality pan; I use the Heritage Bundt Pan from Nordic Wear and have never had any problems with it releasing my cakes.

Second, here’s what you need to properly prepare a bundt pan for you cake batter:

  • Softened unsalted butter
  • All-Purpose flour for dusting

Make sure the pan is very clean. Brush the pan liberally with the soft butter. I use a silicone pastry brush to get in all the deep cracks of my spiral bundt pan.

Dust the pan generously with flour. Then tip the pan over a sink or dustbin and tap it to remove the excess of flour. Now you’re all set to pour in the batter and bake.

Tips for Getting a Bundt Cake out of the Pan

Removing a gingerbread bundt cake from the pan in one piece requires a few steps:

  1. Let rest in the pan for 10 minutes when it comes out of the oven. The cake will pull away from the sides of the pan as it cools.
  2. Loosen around the sides with an offset spatula or thin knife.
  3. Lift the cake + pan up three inches and drop it onto the counter once or twice. I find this helps shake it loose.
  4. Place a wire cooling rack over the top and invert the cake. Lift off the bundt pan. Cool the cake completely.

Is the cake still stuck? Drape a clean, damp tea towel over the top and cool it for another 10 minutes in the pan. The moisture created will help loosen the edges. Then repeat steps 3 and 4 above.

If all else fails, cover any patchy spots with frosting!

Gingerbread Bundt Cake substitutions

We should be able to bake a cake, no matter if we don’t have all the right ingredients on hand. Here are a few handy substitutions for this cake.

  • Use pumpkin puree instead of applesauce if that is what you have on hand.
  • Apple juice can be used instead of fresh pressed apple cider. You could also use a sparkling (alcoholic) apple cider. Occasionally there’s some leftover in the bottle that goes flat, and this is a great way to use it.
  • Use two flax eggs or egg substitutions to make this recipe completely vegan.
  • Use 2 tablespoons of a pumpkin spice blend or seasonal equivalent instead of the individual spices listed.
  • Feel free to change up the glaze to suit your tastes. It would be excellent with a maple icing or salted caramel drizzle.

I decorated the cake with homemade maple cinnamon apple chips. it would also be beautiful with candied ginger,

Apple Cider Gingerbread Bundt Cake

Transition into fall baking with this simple yet elegant bundt cake. Light as feathers, it's packed with deep flavour.
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Course: Desserts
Cuisine: American
Keyword: gingerbread
Essential Ingredient: apple cider
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
rest time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings: 10 people
Calories: 635kcal


  • 1 cup fresh pressed apple cider
  • 3 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
  • 2 large eggs room temperature
  • 3/4 cup canola oil
  • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 cup fancy molasses
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup Cider Glaze (recipe follows)
  • Apple Chips to garnish (optional)


  • Preheat the oven to 325°F and place the baking rack in the middle of the oven. Review 'How to prepare a Bundt pan' in the post above, then butter and flour a 10-cup Bundt.
  • In a small saucepan, bring 1 cup of apple cider to a boil. Turn off heat and keep hot.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour and salt. Sift in the baking soda and spices. Whisk to combine well.
  • In an another large bowl, beat the eggs until frothy. Whisk in the oil, sugar, molasses, applesauce and vanilla.
  • Pour the wet ingredients (eggs, etc) into the dry (flour, etc) and stir gently with a spatula to combine. Pour over the hot apple cider and stir until all the lumps are gone.
  • Scrape the batter into the prepared bundt pan. Place on the middle rack of the oven and bake for 55 minutes to 1 hour, rotating once. A toothpick inserted into the middle should come out clean.
  • Cool the cake in the pan, set on a wire cooling rack for 10 minutes.


Calories: 635kcal | Carbohydrates: 101g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 14g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 47mg | Sodium: 753mg | Potassium: 803mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 59g | Vitamin A: 74IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 130mg | Iron: 5mg


Spiced Apple Cider Glaze

An intensely flavoured glaze for cakes and doughnuts. Tangy and sweet, this drizzle is addicting!
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Course: Desserts
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Gluten-free
Essential Ingredient: apple cider
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 1 cup fresh pressed apple cider
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 drop pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup powdered sugar


  • In a small pot over medium heat, bring the apple cider to a boil. Keep an eye on it and boil it until it has reduced to 1/3 cup. This is concentrating the flavour and thickening it into a syrup. Cool completely.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the cooled apple cider reduction, cinnamon and vanilla. Sift in the powdered sugar, then whisk until smooth.
  • Your spiced cider glaze is ready to use. Drizzle over desserts or store in an airtight jar for up to one week. Keep refrigerated.

More Bundt Cake Recipes

Meyer Lemon Bundt Cake

Dark Chocolate Beet Bundt Cake

Oatmeal Pumpkin Bundt Cake with Maple Caramel Sauce

Happy Baking!

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About Aimee

Cooking has always been Aimée's preferred recreational activity, creative outlet, and source of relaxation. After nearly ten years in the professional cooking industry, she went from restaurant to RSS by trading her tongs and clogs for cookie cutters and a laptop, serving as editor here at Simple Bites. Her first book, Brown Eggs and Jam Jars - Family Recipes from the Kitchen of Simple Bites, was published in February 2015.

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  1. This apple cider gingerbread bundt cake is on my list. Thanks, Aimée for sharing this amazing recipe.

  2. I do indeed love the flavors of an apple cider cake and gingerbread cake flavors, so thank you, and even prefer pumpkin puree over applesauce, as you suggest as a substitution, much appreciated

  3. 5 stars
    Hi! Thanks for sharing this great gingerbread recipe. I tried this last weekend for my guests & they loved it.

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